By Alan Finlayson

William E. Connolly’s political idea types a unique and influential contribution to modern debates concerning the nature and clients of democratic existence within the twenty-first century. His unique conceptualisations of pluralism, naturalism, the politics of the physique, faith, secularism and his bold incorporation of latest neurobiology into political concept and research, have opened new paths for highbrow enquiry. Connolly has introduced an American culture of pragmatist political pondering into fruitful dialog with the simplest of latest continental eu philosophy and given to either a brand new power and concentration.

In this edited assortment, a individual panel of political theorists from either Europe and the U.S. offer a severe and nuanced evaluation of his contribution to the self-discipline, specially within the box of democratic thought. They establish the assets of Connolly’s paintings, its connections to alternative ways of wondering the political and so they overview his carrying on with contribution to our figuring out of the issues and can provide of the current and to our appreciation of what it could suggest to fulfil the promise of the democratic lifestyle.

The ultimate bankruptcy presents house for Connolly himself to mirror on his interlocutors and extra improve his notion of a ‘world of becoming’ contemplating the hyperlinks among political idea and the technology of complexity whereas targeting the fast demanding situations dealing with either American and international politics.

Democracy and Pluralism offers a serious advent to the paintings of William E. Connolly and to modern debates in political thought encompassing subject matters reminiscent of radical democracy, the physique, faith, time and contingency.

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The former involves the construction of antagonisms that divide the social field into opposed camps, whereby various identities and differences are rendered equivalent to one another in the face of a common threat or adversary. The result is a weakening of the differences on each side of the antagonistic divide, whether these differences are understood in terms of political demands or social identities, and their overdetermination by signifiers that fuse meanings together. By contrast, the logic of difference involves the loosening-up or decomposition of equivalential chains of demands/identities via various practices of challenge, institutionalization, deflection or negation.

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But equally they may be met with renewed efforts to offset challenges and maintain the existing social relations. Characterizing practices as fostering or reinforcing relations of domination immediately highlights the sociological and normative character of the approach advocated in this chapter. After all, the very identification of a social norm as worthy of public contestation, as well as the claim that a norm is actively prevented from being contested, presupposes some view of social domination.

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